blended learning

When the second quarter opens Monday for the Rock Island schools, students will do something they haven't done for 2 1/2 months - physically go to school. Classes have been held remotely for the district's 6,300 students since early August.

More than two months after the school year began, students in the Rock Island district will actually go to school for the first time. Since classes opened in August, students have been attending remotely, but many will report for in-person instruction beginning on Monday.

Moline High School will be closed for the next two weeks. Over the weekend, the district announced students will attend only virtual classes from Monday September 28 through Friday October 9 because of an increase in positive COVID-19 cases.

When the new school year opens next month, students in the Rock Island schools will stay home. That was the decision Wednesday night by the school board, based on recommendations from Superintendent Reginald Lawrence.